Good Life Performance BY MELissa Lorquet

When I entered the Constans theater, I felt this dark, peculiar, yet fascinating feeling. The theater building gave me a sense of anticipation for the performance. I sat on the 10th row. It affected the way I viewed the performance, because I was unable to see the actor's true defined facial expressions. Every time the lights dimmed, a wave of seriousness washed over the room. The small auditorium made me feel like I was a part of the play. The play talked about the poor and the rich, and how people do things for others, instead of doing things that make them happy. One cannot have a good life, if they are too busy worrying about the happiness of others, instead of finding happiness for themselves.
I was unable to attend the performance with friends, but I feel as though that helped me pay more attention to the play. I noticed every detail. Before I went to the performance, I talked to a few friends who had the good life class the previous semester. They gave me tips on how to dress, how to get to the Constans theater, and what I should expect. Shared experiences is a big part of the good life, because you're able to talk about your experiences, and have someone who can relate.
During that time, children were put to work at a very young age, and there was a huge gap from the rich and the poor. There weren't many publications on things such as molestation, which was probably one of the reasons why the man in the play was scared to tell the officers that a priest molested him. I did not know much about the issues that went on at the time of the play, until after the play. I didn't really pay attention to the past, and child labor, but now I have a depressed feeling every time I think about it. I can't relate to anything in the play, but I have so much respect for people who either are going through these issues, or have gone through these issues.
The Divine provided me an opportunity for katharsis, because it talked about molestation. Molestation is one of the most uncomfortable things to talk about. In the play, a man was molested by a priest, and he did not want to come clean to the police. His friend eventually found evidence to give to the police.

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